Hill takes Detroit to victory

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Pistons 113, Bucks 94

Pistons 113, Bucks 94

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Grant Hill had 31 points and seven assists to lead surging Detroit to its third straight victory.

The Pistons have won five of seven since starting the year 0-4. Detroit out-rebounded Milwaukee 43-28, including 36-18 in the final three quarters.

Lindsey Hunter scored 21 and Jerry Stackhouse had 19 for Detroit. Ray Allen led the Bucks with 33 on 13-of-15 shooting and Glenn Robinson added 20.

Suns 99, SuperSonics 86

In Phoenix, Jason Kidd scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half, and Phoenix handed Seattle its first loss in seven games against Western Conference opponents.

Kidd also had 14 assists and seven rebounds, helping the Suns keep up their recent mastery of the SuperSonics by beating them for the sixth consecutive time.

Tom Gugliotta scored 16 points for Phoenix. Vernon Maxwell scored 20 points off the bench for Seattle - going 4-for-7 on 3-pointers, and Ruben Patterson and Vin Baker had 13 points each. Baker also grabbed 14 rebounds.

Kings 100, Rockets 105

In Sacramento, California, Chris Webber had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Williams added 25 points and 12 assists as Sacramento Kings won its sixth straight.

The Kings improved to 7-1, tying the franchise mark for the best start, held by the 1952-53 Rochester Royals.

Rookie Steve Francis had 21 points and nine assists for Houston, which lost its fifth consecutive game and fell to 2-10 this season. Hakeem Olajuwon had 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Charles Barkley scored 19.

Raptors 111, Lakers 102

In Los Angeles, Vince Carter had a career-high 34 points and 13 rebounds despite bruising his right hip as Toronto defeated the Lakers for the first time in Los Angeles.

Carter was knocked down hard in the third quarter and was diagnosed with a bruised hip. After a few minutes lying on the floor, he got up and remained in the game.

Shaquille O'Neal had 37 points and 19 rebounds for the Lakers to complete a four-game stretch this week in which he scored at least 30 points a game. Glen Rice added 29 points.